TUESDAY, October 11, 2016, will go down in the history books as a monumental day in Australian politics.
It is a day when public, media and political pressure caused the Premier of NSW, Mike Baird, to announce he would backflip on his plans to ban the greyhound racing industry.
For many, it was a welcome decision after three long months of grief and desperation, with tens of thousands of people trying to comprehend that their passion and livelihoods would soon be ripped away.
For others, questions then turned to the new oversight body, to be led by former Premier Morris Iemma, and what restrictions and regulations would be put in place for the sport.
Others, such as animal welfare liberationists, flew into mayhem, outraged by the backflip.
Whatever side of the fence you sit; everyone can appreciate that it was a staggering move.
Below we have recapped some of the reactions from a variety of different groups, all expressing their thoughts on Baird’s ban reversal.
Mike Baird continues his backflips; says greyhounds can drink until 5am.
— adam rozenbachs (@arozenbachs) October 11, 2016
The stand up comedian poked fun at the Premier who has flipped on the greyhound issue, but is still copping criticism for his lock-out laws in Sydney.
Congratulations to everyone involved with greyhound’s !!! What a great win for the industry #lovethesport
— Tommy Berry (@TommyBerry21) October 11, 2016
The top jockey, who has formerly been involved in the sport as an owner, congratulated the industry on having the ban overturned. Berry also expressed his disappointment in the original decision on July 7 and shared a petition with his followers to get the ban reversed.
After the dog ban reversal, where to now? https://t.co/Jm2q4QhfyO
— Andrew Clennell (@aclennell) October 11, 2016
Clennell has been a champion for the dishlickers since the ban was announced, pressuring Premier Mike Baird and Deputy Premier Troy Grant to reverse the contentious decision.
He wrote another article following the backflip announcement on what lies next for the industry.
Ah, how quickly politicians can turn on each other.
The Greens MP slammed Mike Baird for his backflip, having voted in favour of the ban when legislation was passed just weeks ago.
“Premier Baird kept saying that his personal convictions about animal welfare cruelty have not changed, but what is the point of principles if he refuses to put them into action? We have seen a gutless premier sign the death warrant on thousands of greyhounds today.”
Someone’s not happy…
— Luke Foley (@Luke_FoleyNSW) August 25, 2016
The hero for greyhound racing. Luke Foley has copped a stack of criticism from animal rights lobbyists, but he fought for the good people of the industry and had a major part in getting the ban overturned.
RSPCA threatens to boycott Mike Baird’s greyhound advisory panel https://t.co/QhLLQXV5ZT
— smh.com.au (@smh) October 11, 2016
Whilst they have failed to make a statement about the reversal on social media, the RSPCA have told the Sydney Morning Herald it may decline an offer to be on a panel which would set standards for the future of greyhound racing.
— chris murphy (@chrismurphys) October 11, 2016
The prominent Sydney lawyer has never been afraid to voice his distain for the ban – including for the politicians who enforced it. Naturally, he had a bit of fun calling out Baird and Grant on Tuesday night after the backflip.
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